At some point in every parent’s life, we have to brave THE TALK. You know the one I’m talking about. If you’re like me, you probably still cringe remembering the awkward way your own parents talked to you about sex. But when we know better, we do better, right? More and more parents are coming to the realization that being frank and honest with kids about sex is the way to go. There’s no need to confuse them, or give them some sort of complex about the birds and the bees. Kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for! Sex and sexuality are nothing to be ashamed of, and kids need to know the truth. One sex ed book aims to deliver just that, in a way kids can process and understand. But obviously, some parents’ feathers are more than a little ruffled by it.

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is a sex ed book geared toward kids 5 years and up. It’s illustrated just like a children’s book, and explains sex and our bodies in a relatable and honest way.

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The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is written by Fiona Katauskas. As you can see from the illustrations, it certainly LOOKS like a children’s book. But it goes into far more detail about sex than your typical sex ed book for kids. The book breaks down what happens when people have sex. And not just the egg and sperm stuff! Katsauskas goes into detail about the act of sex itself. For example, when describing how a man and woman make love, Katsaukas writes, “They might start by kissing and touching each other with their clothes off. For adults, it feels special and exciting, and soon the woman’s vagina becomes wet and the man’s penis becomes hard – a bit like the erections that little boys get, but with a very different feeling. The man slides his penis into the woman’s vagina and their bodies fit together, rather like a puzzle.”

While the sex ed book is more explicit than most parents are used to, it’s still written in a way that kids can understand. Which apparently, some parents are having a problem with.

In a Facebook post discussing the book, parents made comments like “Omg I had to laugh but seriously this is inappropriate to be in a kids’ section” and “Omg really? There is time for all this crap, just let kids be kids they don’t need to know the finer details”. 

Cath Hakanson, a mother and sexologist, reviewed the book on her YouTube channel Sex Ed Rescue, which you can watch above. The reviews for the book are overwhelmingly positive! Check out the video and tell me, would you use this book to talk about sex with your young kids? I know some of us can use all the help we can get.

(Image: YouTube/Sex Ed Rescue)